Copa Sudamericana

Bonucci hoping for the Pirlo effect after moving to Milan

MILAN (AP) Not many players make the switch from AC Milan directly to Juventus, or vice versa. But Leonardo Bonucci hopes to prove as effective as another that did: Andrea Pirlo.

After winning the Serie A title with Milan in 2011, Pirlo moved to Juventus on a free transfer and kick-started the Bianconeri's domination of Italian soccer, winning four more league trophies before moving to Major League Soccer in 2015.

Bonucci has gone the other way, joining Milan for a fee of more than 40 million euros ($45 million) after winning six straight Serie A titles with Juventus.